We can only assume that Forbes
lives in a world with no GuitarFreaks
. In the latest issue of the business magazine, a biographical profile of Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick turns controversial when it accuses Rock Band
of ripping off Guitar Hero
. According to the magazine, "EA also teamed with MTV to sell Rock Band
, a shameless knockoff of Guitar Hero
that added drums, bass and a microphone to the world of make-believe rock stars."
Leaving aside the fact that Guitar Hero
hardly represents the roots of its genre, such a brash statement feels distinctly at odds with the rest of the (pretty neutral) piece. There's also the role of Harmonix to consider: after all, theirs was the name behind both franchises!